The dramatic climate of this Sacramento house and the programmatic intent to create both public and private zones within the house helped to create several unique design opportunities. The relatively opaque south and west façade gave way to large two-story glass facades along the northern façade and allow substantial natural light without the typical heat gain associated with the region during the summer. A central interior two-story court allows most of the rooms to open out to this court and becomes a part of the central focus of the house. Beneath the stairs a small hallway leads to more private, quieter office in the back of the house. Tall operable clearstory windows and low awning windows further provide for less dependence on mechanical ventilation